IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017 Shatters Attendance Record
IAAPA Kicks Off Centennial with Largest-Ever Expo Reflecting Strength
of Global Attractions Industry
ORLANDO, Fla., US (Nov. 17, 2017) – The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) today announced a record 39,000 registered attractions industry professionals gathered in Orlando to learn, buy, and network at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017. The premier conference and trade show for the $39.5 billion global attractions industry took place Nov. 13-17 at the Orange County Convention Center.
25,300 buyers, which included attractions industry owners, presidents, general managers, directors, and other industry professionals, attended this year's Expo. This is a 12 percent increase in buyer attendance over 2016. Creative innovators and exhibitors debuted new products, while buyers discovered the latest technologies, discussed trends and hot topics, tasted new foods, and learned from leading experts. The five-day Expo pumped an estimated $51.3 million into the Orlando-area economy.
"The success of this year's show is a true testament to the continued growth and strength of attractions around the world," said Paul Noland, IAAPA president and CEO. "Achieving this record-breaking attendance as we kick off IAAPA's 100th anniversary celebration is a remarkable milestone in our association's history. We thank all of our attendees, exhibitors, members, and sponsors for their support. We can't wait to see what's on the horizon for our dynamic industry — the best is yet to come."
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017 by the Numbers
The following industry awards were presented at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017:
About IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018 takes place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Nov. 12-16, 2018. More than 200 companies have already reserved booth space for the trade show floor. Information about exhibiting in or attending the 2018 event will be available at www.IAAPA.org/IAAPAAttractionsExpo.
The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) is the premier trade association for the attractions industry worldwide. Founded in 1918, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently located amusement facilities and attractions and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry. IAAPA represents more than 5,300 attraction, supplier, and individual members from more than 100 countries with member facilities including amusement and theme parks, water parks, family entertainment centers, zoos, aquariums, science centers, and museums. IAAPA hosts three annual trade shows including IAAPA Attractions Expo, Euro Attractions Show, and Asian Attractions Expo. The association's global headquarters is in Orlando, Florida, United States. The nonprofit organization maintains offices in Brussels, Hong Kong, Mexico City, and Alexandria, Virginia. To learn more, visit www.IAAPA.org or connect with us: @IAAPAHQ #IAAPA